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When Government Builds a Business


Friday July 31st, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:37am PDT   •   0 Comments

What if the U.S. federal government were to build a brand-new business from scratch? Would it, with the full backing of the resources of the U.S. government, be an unparalleled success? Or would it—because none of the people who work for the government are really smart enough, capable enough, or competent enough to run...
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Government No-Cut Contract Hurts Taxpayers


Thursday July 30th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:15am PDT   •   0 Comments

Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen has noticed that the California Department of Transportation, also known as Caltrans, is paying “3,500 people to just be sitting around at a desk.” As Andrew Holzman notes in the Sacramento Bee, Olsen wants to cut those 3,500 full-time positions, for a saving of $500 million, half a billion dollars. As...
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Fed Official: U.S. Should Borrow More


Monday July 27th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 8:08pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Earlier this month, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Naranya Kocherlakota, said a pretty amazing thing. Michael Derby of the Wall Street Journal reports: “I want to be clear at the outset that I am not saying that it is appropriate for fiscal policy makers to increase the long-run level of...
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GovWasteEntitlement.Con


Friday July 24th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:11am PDT   •   0 Comments

California is not exactly a hot spot for jobs, but as Dan Walter explains in the Sacramento Bee, it’s not for lack of government spending. California has, count ‘em, at least 30 “workforce development” programs in, count ‘em, nine state agencies. And these programs spend “an estimated $5.6 billion each year, $3.1 billion from...
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More Ghoulish Bureaucrats Behaving Badly


Friday July 24th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:05am PDT   •   0 Comments

Earlier this week, we featured a story about the misconduct of an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs who is expected to plead guilty for stealing gravestones from a national cemetery in Rhode Island, which he used as flooring in a shed and garages on his own property. But a more serious matter...
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Ghoulish Bureaucrats Behaving Badly


Monday July 20th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 8:19pm PDT   •   0 Comments

It’s been a while since we featured a new episode of our occasional series Bureaucrats Behaving Badly, and to tell the truth, we debated waiting until Halloween to tell this particular tale, but because it’s just been in the news, we really can’t resist. Today’s story comes to us by way of the Washington...
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GovSpending.Con


Monday July 20th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:53am PDT   •   0 Comments

California taxpayers, the most embattled in the nation, have good reason to wonder how much their government is spending. According to Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee, a veteran observer, government is spending a lot more than people think. The 2015 state budget has been reported as $115.4 billion, for the general fund, and...
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Should the U.S. Ditch the Debt Ceiling?


Friday July 17th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:41am PDT   •   0 Comments

That’s the question Nick Timiraos of the Wall Street Journal raised in a recent article on the findings of a study by the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO), in which the agency investigated the impact that hitting the nation’s debt ceiling has had in the past. The question is, of course, relevant today because...
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Big Bucks for Bureaucrats


Wednesday July 15th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:21am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we recently noted, on July 1 the Twin Rivers Unified School District in the Sacramento area boosted the pay of superintendent Steven Martinez by $20,000, an 8.3 percent increase that raised his pay to $260,000. The district also double his retirement payment and allowed Martinez to convert a $10,000 car allowance into salary....
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Feds Waste Water During Drought


Monday July 13th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:25pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As this column regular notes, government is good at wasting money on everything from obsolete tanks, improper tax refunds, and Social Security payments to dead people and old Nazis. Now it emerges that, during a severe drought, when Californians face mandatory water restrictions, the federal government excels at wasting water. CBS reporter David Goldstein...
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